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The Starling Hotel Atlanta

The Starling Hotel, formerly the W Midtown, debuts its updated space

The former W Hotel Midtown is now the Starling, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and the brand’s second Atlanta property. It features a refreshed lobby bar, Lantana, as well as an updated spa and terrace level pool.

3 Southern Juneteenth celebrations

Where to celebrate the first anniversary of the federal holiday

Shell Yeah: Everything you wanted to know about the “caviar of the South”

It’s a Southern road-trip rite of passage: Veer off the highway and snag a bag of briny boiled peanuts scooped fresh at a roadside stand.

A father and daughter consider the past—and the future—on a road trip through the Mississippi Delta

Drive north on Money Road out of Greenwood, Mississippi, and the town gives way in a hurry to cotton and corn, an occasional house set back from the road.

Chef Spotlight: Vivian Howard of Lenoir in Charleston, South Carolina

Vivian Howard grew up in Lenoir County, North Carolina. She has authored two award-winning cookbooks, created and starred in TV shows Somewhere South and A Chef’s Life, and owns four restaurants—including her latest, Lenoir, in Charleston.

Share the water with 18 toothy predators at Georgia Aquarium’s shark exhibit

I am in a cage with my 12-year-old daughter, lowering, ever so slowly, into a tank full of sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Ice-cold water meets my ankles and begins streaming inside my wetsuit boots.

This standout side dish from Alabama restaurant Helen embodies the flavors of summer

The smell of rib-eye steaks sizzling on an indoor grill brings Rob McDaniel right back to his grandmother’s house in Oneonta, Alabama. His vivid memories of her cooking inspired him to become a chef, and now his downtown Birmingham restaurant, named Helen in her honor, is garnering national accolades for its Southern-inspired cuisine.

5 spectacular light shows courtesy of Mother Nature

Thanks to its next-to-nonexistent level of light pollution, this remote park at the entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places in the country to stargaze.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia’s toughest. Get out there and hike

3 Southern Juneteenth celebrations

Where to celebrate the first anniversary of the federal holiday